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  1. Hello All, I am in need of assistance with translating the kanji on this Katana. The photo was taken with a smart phone and sent to me. I had advised the young man who owns this sword to highlight the kanji with Talcum powder but he did not do a great job. I do not have this sword to make a better photo. I belive this form of Kanji is called Go Sho(?) and I do not have the books necessary to translate. But then I am not very well versed in this style anyways. The fellow lives in Maryland and has agreed to bring it to me around Christmas holidays. Any assistance this forum could provide would be greatly appreciated. The young man recieved the sword from a family member and was taken during WWII by his great uncle. He does intend to have it restored at sometime in the future. Thank you all for your efforts, Charlie
  2. Well I just purchased a new Katana from a friend, and have been doing a lot of research over the last few weeks. I've got a few ideas as to the swordsmith, and the date, but I wanted to run it by a group of knowledgeable individuals. So I will post some pics, and give you some stats, and see what everyone thinks. If nothing else, it is an impressive blade, and will hopefully give a few minutes of entertainment for you all. So here goes, please forgive any and all errors in descriptions, the blade is 24" to the Tsuba, the hada is very tight, and is mokume/masame showing on one side, the other side is mostly masame. The sori is torri zori (I think), it has a O-kissaki, the hamon is gunome-midare (again I think), the mune is iori-mune. Well that should do it for now, more info will follow when asked. So enjoy!!
  3. All, I am selling a sword by one of the better shinshinto smiths, Miyaguchi Ikkansai Shigetoshi. He was one of Kasama Shigetsugu's teachers and is discussed at length in Chris Bowen's article, "The Forgotten Craftsmen: Swordsmiths of the Meiji and Taisho Eras" (found here). The sword comes in shirasaya and is accompanied by pristine shingunto mounts and would make a nice addition to the nihonto and military sword collector. About the Sword: Mei: Bu-un chōkyū (Eternal luck in war) Ikkansai Shigetoshi Nengo: Meiji 36 nen 8 gatsu hi, 66 okinasaku (Made in August 1903, when Shigetoshi was 66 years of age) Habaki : Copper single foiled Habaki Blade length : 63.5 cm or 25 inches. Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches. Mekugi : 2 Width at the hamachi : 3.24 cm or 1.27 inches. Width at the Kissaki : 2.40 cm or 0.94 inches. Kasane : 0.7 cm or 0.27 inches. Era : Meiji (1903) Jitetsu : Koitame hadawell grained with JInie attahce, Fine Chikei work is appearing and most Jigane. Hamon : Nie deki suguha with mixture of Ko-NOtare mixed. There is KOashi appearing in the ha. Boshi is round ended. I will offer a 3 day inspection period as well as a 12 month shinsa guarantee (NBTHK or NTHK). As always a donation will be made to the NMB. Price: $5,000 OBO About the Smith (From the Sesko Index): "Shigetoshi (繁寿), Keiō (慶応, 1865-1868), Suruga – „Ikkansai Shigetoshi“ (一貫斎繁寿), „Sunpu ni oite Miyaguchi Ikkansai Shigetoshi“ (於駿府宮口一貫斎繁寿), „Sunpu-jū Ikkansai Shigetoshi“ (駿府住一貫斎繁寿), civilian name „Miyaguchi Hachirō“ (宮口八郎), he was born in the ninth year of Tenpō (天保, 1838) in Shizuoka in Suruga province but went later to Inaba where he was first a student and later the adopted son of Hamabe Toshinori (浜部寿格), but he later returned to Shizuoka and to his family name „Miyaguchi“, in Inaba he signed with „Hisatoshi“ (寿俊), later he adopted the gō „Ikkansai“ (一貫斎) and also signed with „Shigehiro“ (繁広), he worked in Sagami´s Odawara (小田原) too, transmission says that he learned the art of horimono carving at the lineage of Ozaki Suketaka (尾崎助隆), he died January 25th 1906 at the age of 69, dense itame, chōji-midare in nioi-deki or gunome-midare in ko-nie-deki"
  4. I have had a WWII NCO sword for many years, but as I go to try to dig up it's history I'm running into some oddities with it. As long as I've had it, I don't think it's a fake, as the quality is on par with another more easily traced NCO sword I have and it's aging seems natural. The Hamon is very light and flat, the tip lack the hard lines, and the Fuchi is brass rather than copper with only 2 marks instead of three. the serial number (which does match the saya) is only 5 digits and lacks a mark with it. I cannot get the brass screw in the aluminum tsuka to loosen as it is too stripped to get any leverage as well as corrosion to inspect the tang, which of course just makes it all the more difficult to track down. The oddities of this one just have me stumped. I would greatly appreciate any information on this sword as possible. I have no intention of ever selling it. I just want to know it's history. Thanks!!
  5. Hello, this is my first post in this site and I hope someone can help me here. I'm from PERU and there isn't almost no way to get a katana here because there isn't a lot a people selling them or because you have to get a lot of permissions to import a bladed weapon or any kind of weapon actually. But recently I found a person who is selling his WW2 Gunto Katana on the internet here in my city. He has posted some pictures of the blade, so I wanted to ask if someone can tell approximately if this Katana is authetic or not and give an appraisal if it is possible. Here are the pictures posted by the seller, They are the only pictures and info that I have because I have to actually click on "purchase" to contact with the seller. The seller's description: "WW2 GUNTO KANTANA ORIGINAL Japanese KATANA UNIQUE IN PERU COMPLETELY GOOD CONDITION, REAL EDGE TAMAHAGANE STEEL" The seller is asking $900 (USD) for the katana and I want to know if it is possible to know if the price is right. I know that maybe they aren't enough to tell with certain if it is authentic or not but I will really appreciate your opinions. Thank you, Akira
  6. Collectors--I have 15 swords currently for sale. Photos and descriptions of the swords can be seen on my website: www.StCroixBlades.com. To see all of the swords, click on 'SHOP', then 'Japanese SWORDS'. I'll have room for a little price negotiation on most swords. I can be reached at mbrice@stcroixblades.com for any questions. Thank you!
  7. Could one of you please help in the translation of the below Mei. Seki Blade, but looking for the smith and anything else you may be able to add. Thank you in advance....
  8. Iv`e had this sword for a while now and i wish to know more about it. On the tang was enscribed 山本川子 (Yamamoto Kawa-ko) has number nine writen in ink & has the seriel number 690609 or the other way round. I am lead to belive early 20th centery to 1945. Thanks.
  9. Dear Members, I would like to ask you to assist me with filling in my inventory sheet based on the pics. I enjoy looking at this sword, it's just that I can't find certain answers. Blade length: 64cm Blade width: Machi: 0.7cm Yokote: 0.4cm Mihaba: 3 cm Sori: 1.6cm Koshi-zori Mune: Ihori (hikushi) from the mune side, it's almost rounded but it does have an "edge". Probably where it becomes slightly more difficult are the following areas. Kitea: ??? My idea is masame, any confirmation? Hamon:??? Utsuri:??? Boshi: ??? When I look at other examples, it seems so easy to see, is this a way of photographing? Kissaki: chu-kissaki Nakago: O-suriage, mei is still visible, is it still called o-suriage? Nakago length: 24cm Mekugi-ana: 1 Nakago-Jiri: Kiri (ichimonji) Yasurime: Very hard to see. Mei: Tachi mei Looking forward to your comments, please be gentle, still a novice. Best, Ron G.
  10. hello everyone I'm posting photos of a katana I bought at the flea market in Paris, France. the seller did not know how to tell me when was signing. if anyone could help me it would be great. the paper label on leather sheath is coming from Osaka. after some searching i found: "Yokohama daizen xxx Yasuko" But i dont know if is correct and i dont know nothing about others kanjis Jairo Silva
  11. Hi All, Just picked up this Navy Sword. Can somebody assist with the translation , i tried counting the Kanji and came up with Komori Hirotoshi? I am on the right track or not even warm? Awaiting your most appreciated replys. Regards Tony
  12. This is the tang of a sword my father inlaw brought back in WW2, late 1944 Shin Gunto fittings. Can someone translate the date and maker. My guess is Nobumitsu is the maker, Showa ? May.? I can 't figure the year. He was a great American.
  13. hi this a ww2 smith but I'm confuse if is gendaito or showa know there is very good friends in this board can tell me what is this kojima kenenori no stamp or date blade thanks Isidro: -----------
  14. Hello guys, some time ago i came across this term and wondered about the meaning. I think the term loyalist blade describes a certain type of blade in terms of the dimensions (heavy kasane, slightly or even significantly longer than standard) and it had to be produced in a quite narrow time period (shin-shinto period,1860´s). But i could not really find any further explanation, for example which group started to wear them first (Sonno-joi)? Was it a political statement or just something to annoy the establishment? This is a katana of my collection. It has a kasane of 9,3mm and a nagasa of 75,3cm. It was forged around the 1860`s and therefore i think that it is quite a standard example of this type. Any comments are welcome Regards,
  15. When I met the gentleman he had changed his mind about price and was sitting at $2,000 for the pair. Let me know if this is a wise decision, I can only afford to keep one more than likely.
  16. I'll keep this as breveted as possible. A guy has offered these two swords to me, has not mentioned a price. I collect German WWII items so this is out of my field of expertise. My basic questions are this, are they real? What is a price I can buy them at and not get hurt being we can't see the tangs of the swords. Many thanks and any advice is appreciated. Also, these are the only pics that he sent me.
  17. The person selling this sword swears it is of antique origin, being new to the art I would appreciate some versed eyes assistance. Can you please take a look at the following inscription and let me know if it is indeed worth $300.00? Thank you for your time! I have tried image and hand translation to no avail. (For hours)
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    Ive been offerred a moriie katana from Japan. I am new to anything of this age and woulf be glad of any help on smith, and work , I linked him to ichimonji somehow. The blade has a nice hada , a bad scar in the bohi, some ware but its possibly old enough to warrant these things. Thanks in advance, hope you can help. Best regards Ian Bellis
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